Fan-Pattern Knitting for a Mitten

From Exercises in Knitting by Cornelia Mee. Original text at Project Gutenberg.

Original Pattern

Needles No. 19, and fine black netting silk. Set 30 stitches on each of 3 needles; and, after knitting a top either in ribs or any other pattern, begin the fan, by seaming the first stitch; the second stitch plain, except that you take the outside part of the stitch; seam the third; knit the fourth quite plain; bring the thread in front of the next 6 stitches, and knit them, which makes 13 stitches. With the fourth you knit plain, then seam again, as at first, and so on for 1 round.

Second round:—Seam the 3 first stitches, as at the beginning, and wherever you did in the first round; knit the other 13 stitches quite plain.

Third round:—Seam the 3 first stitches, as in the first round, slip the fourth stitch, knit the next, and bring the slipped stitch over them; knit the others plain, till you come to the 2 last before the seamed stitch; then with your left-hand needle take off the last knit stitch, and bring the one from behind over that, which decreases 2 with the one you did after seaming, and so on for 1 round, and every other, till you have reduced the 13 stitches to 7; then begin again the first round.

It is well to count the stitches frequently, that you may have them even, allowing 3 for the ribs and 7 plain, whenever you begin the fan, so that there will be 3 fans on each needle. When you have 4 or 5 rounds of fans, begin the thumb by bringing the silk forward, and knitting a stitch, which increases 1; then knit a plain stitch, and increase the same as before.

This do every other row, till you have as many as you think enough—say 30 stitches; leave the 30 stitches, and go on with the hand part, and finish that off at the top; after, knit the thumb. Observe, in increasing, to bring your silk directly over the stitch you increased to the right hand; and to the left, knit over, and bring the silk in front of the stitch after the increased.

Updated Version

Preliminary Updated Pattern Stitch. This Has Been Test Knit

Fan Pattern Stitch

Cast on a multiple of 10 stitches

R1 (RS): p1, k tbl, p1, k1, (yo, k1) six times
R2: p1, k tbl, p1, k13
R3: p1, k tbl, p1, ssk, k9, k2tog
R4: p1, k tbl, p1, k11
R5: p1, k tbl, p1, ssk, k7, k2tog
R6: p1, k tbl, p1, k9
R7: p1, k tbl, p1, ssk, k5, k2tog
R8: p1, k tbl, p1, k7

These 8 rounds form the fan pattern.

Knitting chart for fan pattern knitting for a mitten

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